I've been a teacher for 10 years. I'm currently teaching Art I-IV and Digital Media (Graphic Design), but English and Psychology were both dear to my heart as well. As the sole secondary Gifted English teacher in my school system, I had to make a lot of material from scratch to suit my bright students. So many of my English PPTs are definitely wonderful for an Honors classroom, or can serve as a good challenge to non-Honors students to think outside of the box. Over my career I have taught: Gifted English I-IV, dual-enrollment Psychology 101, Art I-IV, Graphic Design (Adobe certification), regular ed. English II, III, and IV, and READ 180. I've also taught Freshman Comp and British Lit at university. Presented with the need to rewrite common core curriculum for my school system, I have rewritten an entire English 2 unit and all of it's components, so I'm accustomed to the standards and methods of approaching them. I've also written curriculum for a major education company, including testing questions and a full 80 page history unit.
My main goal with my students is for them to find their own voice and to be able to explain or defend it. With art students, it's about finding a "voice" and an identity through their materials and subject matter. I believe that being expected to write over and over again can create a good writer. It forces students to see the loopholes in their own logic and repair them.
My students have earned a number of poetry, fiction, and essay writing rewards and have excelled remarkably on the English portions of the ACT. My honors are mostly from my time as a student as well. Summa Cum Laude as both a Graduate and Undergraduate university student. Otherwise I've had some writing published. My art students have placed in state and national competitions as well.
I have a Masters in English with additional Masters studies in Gifted Education. Bachelors in Visual Art - concentrations in painting and graphic design/video. I was also on an Honors track as an Undergrad with a minor earned in English.
I am a huge nerd for Literature, History... essentially all of the Humanities subjects. I try to make many of my lesson plans all-inclusive, placing emphasis on historical relations to the work being read, the arts of that period, etc. It's my goal to have students really appreciate the Classical Studies/Humanities subjects in such a STEM driven world.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, U.S. History, Other (ELA), Literature, School Counseling, Psychology, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Close Reading